Vardy fit as Foxes aim to reverse West Brom trend

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy in full flow against Chelsea on Sept 9. The Foxes have not won an EPL game since beating Brighton in August but Vardy has recovered from a hip injury and will line up against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy in full flow against Chelsea on Sept 9. The Foxes have not won an EPL game since beating Brighton in August but Vardy has recovered from a hip injury and will line up against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Leicester City's Jamie Vardy has fully recovered from his niggling hip injury and is fit to face West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League tomorrow, manager Craig Shakespeare has said.

The striker was injured in last month's 1-1 draw at Huddersfield but played in Leicester's next two matches with the help of pain-killing injections.

Vardy did not feature for England in their recent World Cup qualifier victories against Slovenia and Lithuania, but Shakespeare said that he looked sharp in training this week.

"Vardy has fully recovered from his hip problem," Shakespeare told a news conference ahead of the match at the King Power Stadium.

"He had injections and was given time away. There's no ill effects."

The 30-year-old has been Leicester's top scorer in the past two seasons and has already found the net five times in seven games, despite Leicester's slow start.

The Foxes have just five points from seven games and last won against Brighton in the second round of league fixtures in August.

"We want to be consistent, whether we're playing the top teams or the teams in and around us. We'll focus on West Brom," added the Leicester manager, who was himself formerly a West Brom player with more than 100 appearances.

Midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is fit for the match after he appeared to injure his hamstring on international duty with Nigeria, while defender Ben Chilwell is also in contention after missing England Under-21 duty with a knock.

West Brom have four points more than Leicester and they have not lost in seven previous trips to the King Power Stadium.

Tony Pulis' side have not been defeated in Leicester for 23 years.

"Monday night, I am looking forward to going over there to play for what we know we will be a very competitive game," the West Brom manager told Sky Sports.

"They've got some top players in their side and they can beat anybody on their day, as they have proved.

"Jamie Vardy has often played an important role, as all good goalscorers do.

"He has proved himself to be a top player and he will be one of 11 players we will be concerned about."

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 15, 2017, with the headline 'Vardy fit as Foxes aim to reverse West Brom trend'. Print Edition | Subscribe